I’m in the process of writing a game where the player has the option to play as a trans or non-binary character. Up till now, I’ve not really had the character’s gender affect the game much. (If the character’s trans-male, they’ll be referred to as “he”, transgender-female as “she” and non-binary as “they”, ect.) Not really sure why it took this long to occour to me but… This isn’t exactly realistic.
Obviously, in real life, when an non-binary person meets a group of people for the first time, they’re not just going to automatically know that the person is non-binary. They’re either going to assume the person’s gender, or ask them about it, and the non-binary person would have to explain their gender to them.
Also, trans and non-binary people are pretty much guaranteed to come across certain people in their lives who refuse to accept them as the gender that they identify with. So, if there was a character in the game who was a cruel, bigoted bully, it wouldn’t really make sense for that character to be respectful and accepting of a trans/non-binary character, and refer to them with their preferred pronouns without question.
So, personally I would like to edit the game to make it more realistic, and include some of the scenarios and struggles that a trans/non-binary person would experience in real life. I’m also aware though, that some people might prefer it if topics like this weren’t addressed, and all of the characters in the game would know and accept the MC’s gender automatically. I figured it’d be best to ask first, because, obviously, I don’t want to spend a lot of time re-writing the game, only to be told that it was better the way it was before.
So, what does everybody think?
- I would prefer it if the game included some of the struggles and issues that trans and non-binary people have to deal with in every day life.
- I’d prefer if the game was realistic, and had people ask about the character’s gender instead of automatically knowing, but I don’t want to see any discrimination, not even from villains.
- I’d prefer it if all characters in the game automatically know and accept the character’s gender without having to be told.